SEKO and AGWorld help customers to develop new trade relationships

SEKO Logistics and Air & Ground World Transport (AGWorld) have signed a strategic partnership to create new cross-border growth opportunities for shippers doing business between Asia and the United States as global trade disputes accelerate demand for broader geographic supply chain solutions.

Working together, SEKO and AGWorld will offer clients a unique platform of services to develop new trade relationships, leveraging AGWorld’s network of offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Shenzhen, Guangzhou Manila and Ho Chi Minh City among other locations and SEKO Logistics’ more than 120 branches in 40 countries. read more

Port of Felixstowe upgrades Ro/Ro facilities

In her first port visit of 2020, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP has inspected the site of work to upgrade Roll-on/Roll-off facilities at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe.

The works will allow the port to accommodate larger Ro/Ro vessels and improve the efficiency of vessel operations.

Commenting during the Minister’s visit to the port, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said:

“Roll-on/Roll-off is an important component of the port’s business. With three sailings per day to Vlaardingen in Rotterdam we provide a vital connection to North Europe for UK importers and exporters. The port is already Brexit-ready and the improvements that we are starting today, coupled with additional trailer parking that has already been completed, will enhance capacity, capability and performance for Ro/Ro traffic at Felixstowe. read more

New HGV vision standards coming to London

From 26 October 2020, the Direct Vision Standard (DVS) scheme will require HGVs over 12 tonnes entering or operating in London to have a safety permit.

The DVS scheme is being introduced by Transport for London (TfL). It will require all HGVs over 12 tonnes to get a safety permit to enter or operate in Greater London.

Using a star system, DVS will rate HGVs from zero (lowest) to five (highest) stars, based on how much a driver can see directly through their HGV cab windows.

To qualify for a permit, HGVs will be required to meet a minimum one-star rating or fit ‘safe system’ measures. A ‘safe system’ improves a vehicle’s overall safety through measures such as sensors, camera systems and visual warnings. read more

Objective complete for PETRONAS Team De Rooy IVECO in Dakar Rally’s debut in the Middle East

After 12 days of competition, 5,000 timed kilometres of racing and more than 50 hours on full throttle, Team De Rooy IVECO has completed the Dakar Rally 2020.

This year the team raced without Gerard de Rooy in the line-up due to a back injury – although the Dutchman stayed in Saudi Arabia for the length of the rally to help guide the crews.

“The performance of the team was good,” said team manager Gerard de Rooy. “The only thing that changed from the previous years is that the drivers had a little less experience, but all of them were able to solve difficulties in the right way. The idea is not to make any changes, but to train and polish some details.” read more

Vietnamese people smuggler wanted in France arrested in Sussex

A man who was part of a Vietnamese organised crime group responsible for smuggling migrants from Vietnam to the UK has been arrested in East Sussex by the National Crime Agency.

Khanh Chan, 39, also known by the name of Khanh Ngoc Nguyen, was part of an international network French prosecutors say was actively smuggling people between 2015 and 2017.

The migrants would be transported through France, where they would be moved by lorry through the Channel ports into the UK, or on to other countries in Europe. read more

Devil is in the detail on Brexit, says FTA

FTA, the only business group that represents all of the logistics industry, is calling on the government to answer critical questions about our future trading arrangements with the EU after the Brexit transition period. This follows comments at the weekend from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, suggesting a hardening in the government’s approach to Brexit, and that industry has had more than enough time to prepare.

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at FTA comments: “Whilst the logistics industry welcomes the clarity in direction that the new government brings, it is not helpful to tell businesses they have already had three years to prepare. The most important question is: prepare for what exactly? There are a number of critical questions about the way goods will move across borders between the UK and the EU, and importantly the different arrangements that will need to be put in place between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is just not possible for logistics businesses to prepare adequately without these critical operational details.” read more

Posten Norge and SwipBox move towards parcel locker network in Norway

Over the next six months, a pilot project will be carried out in Oslo, where close to 100 parcel lockers will be made available and tested. This pilot will provide learnings for the rollout of a new parcel locker network.  

From 20 January Norwegians living in and around Oslo will be able to access up to 100 new parcel lockers, known as Pakkeboks (Pakkeboks = parcel locker).

Tone Wille, CEO of Posten Norge commented: “I have big expectations of the new parcel lockers. Posten Norge is very focused on finding great solutions that make everyday life simpler for our customers. Time is valuable and our customers want more flexibility, which is why it’s important that we adapt to their needs”. read more

New appointment for DHL

Volker Ratzmann will take over the function of Executive Vice President Corporate Public Policy & Regulation Management as of May 1, 2020.  He Volker Ratzmann will report to Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Volker Ratzmann will join from the public sector. His last position was – since 2016 – as Secretary of the State Ministry and authorized representative for the State of Baden-Württemberg in Berlin. In this capacity, he successfully contributed to negotiations between the federal and state governments on various legislative projects and their implementation, including the “DigitalPakt Schule” initiative, which aims to equip schools in Germany with digital technology, as well as regulations regarding CO2 pricing. read more

Truckeast Stowmarket celebrates milestone with highest number of pdi’s completed in one year

2019 saw a momentous milestone for Scania dealer TruckEast, with its Stowmarket branch completing more pre-delivery inspections (pdi’s) over twelve months than total vehicles sold across the group the year before.

Throughout the year, vehicles operating across a breadth of industries went through stringent preparation and delivery checks before registration. During which the workshop team, comprising of 15 technicians, managed to carry out a massive 85% more pdi’s than they did in 2018.

A large part of the increase in pre-delivery inspections came from a Felixstowe based customer, Maritime Transport Ltd. The privately-owned multi-modal specialist put 333 new Scania’s on the road in 2019, all of which were prepared and delivered through Stowmarket. The new artics, a combination of R410 and R450 6×2/2 Highlines with sleeper cabs have since gone out to various Maritime sites across the UK. read more

Looking at the future of freight

After many years of lobbying and Government engagement, the freight sector is finally being recognised for its importance to local and national economies.

The sector sits at the core of the UK economy, supporting over 2.5 million jobs and contributing £124 billion to the economy. It is estimated that the weight of goods transported by freight is expected to increase by 50% over the coming decades. This will all take place during a period of expected great technological change.

If the UK is to remain competitive and relevant in a post Brexit world then it is imperative that we invest in research and development, infrastructure and an appropriate regulatory framework. read more